Due South is an artistic exchange focused on Sicily encouraging global dialogue in a moment of heightened isolationism and xenophobia. The second in a quartet of island-based investigations initiated by Marianne Bernstein, Due South brings together works by thirty-eight artists who have traveled or lived in Sicily. The multi-year project has generated opportunities for artists to create new work, while embracing collaboration, observation, and process where the outcome is not predetermined. The resulting exhibition explores this enigmatic landscape through its multicultural influences, layered history, personal memory, and the endemic culture of volcanic islands.

In light of recent geopolitical and social upheavals, international dialogue is more pressing than ever before. By examining a place from both inside and out, the artists have created both intimate personal reflections and works suggesting that we all are foreigners somewhere. The recent refugee crisis has made many fearful of the mobility of foreign bodies, ideas, and cultures. Conversely, Due South seeks to explore the back and forth of both space and conversation: bringing artists across borders, and importing international artistic perspectives back home.

Italian artists: Federico Baronello | Letizia Battaglia | Giuseppe Buzzotta | Glauco Canalis | Gabriele Abbruzzese | Gabriella Ciancimino | Massimo Cristaldi | Flavio Favelli | Benoit Felici | Alice Guareschi | Carlo & Fabio Ingrassia | Filippo Leonardi | Cristina La Rocca | Loredana Longo | Liliana Moro | Ignazio Mortellaro | Francesco Nonino | Marinella Senatore | Massimo Vitali

US and International artists: Marianne Bernstein | Cindi Ettinger | John Broderick Heron | Andrea Hornick | Jane Irish | Kelsey Halliday Johnson | Isaac Julien | David Scott Kessler | Zya Levy | Matthew Mazzotta & Sujin Lim | Andrea Modica | Petra Noordkamp | Serena Perrone | Alex Tyson | Lisa Wade | Midge Wattles | Steven Earl Weber

Due South will be on view at The Delaware Contemporary from January 28 – April 30, 2017

Due South is an international curatorial project conceived and curated by Marianne Bernstein, the second in a quartet of artistic investigations into volcanic islands: Due North (2014- Iceland), Due South (2017-Sicily), Due East, and Due West. Bernstein has worked for decades on temporary or nomadic projects designed to push the boundaries of both how art is made and experienced by others. Participating artists work locally and internationally across many disciplines; cross-fertilization and collaboration is encouraged.